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Integrating Taiwan’s Training Resources to Help Swaziland Build Capacity in Technical and Vocational Education

Integrating Taiwan’s Training Resources to Help Swaziland Build Capacity in Technical and Vocational Education

The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) has been implementing the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Enhancement Project in the Kingdom of Swaziland since 2015. The project aims to assist the Swazi government in training the qualified workers required to meet the demands of the labor market and cope with industrialization in the country. Starting from project preparation, the TaiwanICDF has been collaborating with National Chin-Yi University of Technology (NCUT) and Taichung-Changhua-Nantou Regional Branch of the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to integrate Taiwan’s TVET resources, such as professional training and hardware design and supplies. To date, the Taiwanese team has assisted Swazi partners to establish a teaching quality assurance system and management systems of targeted laboratories and workshop, as well as to survey local technical labor force requirements. Since the project’s implementation, notable results have already been achieved, such as enhanced capacity of lecturers and improvements to facilities.

Several sets of equipment and teaching materials purchased in Taiwan have been delivered to the Swaziland College of Technology (SCOT) and an automotive repair workshop at the Gwamile Vocational and Commercial Training Institute in Matsapa (VOCTIM). The project team invited three Taiwanese specialists to hold a three-week training program in three subjects to ensure the effective use of the new equipment. Both the lecturers of SCOT and VOCTIM and senior technicians from industries were invited to the program. The diversity of trainees’ backgrounds was appreciated by all participants, who are confident that proper use of the equipment for training will enhance the skills of TVET personnel and, in turn, improve the global competitiveness of Swaziland.

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  • Date:2017/5/4